HCCA International (HCCA) specializes in international nurse recruitment and international hospital management. We’ve placed over 30,000 health care personnel from community hospitals to world-class academic medical centers, bringing many different nationalities together to work as a team. Because we’ve managed hospitals to JCAHO International standards, we also understand the demands of clinical quality, fiscally responsible hospital management, and excellence in patient care and customer service.
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Recruiting collaborative has goal
of easing the DFW Nursing Shortage
HCCA International and the Dallas-Fort Worth Hospital Council (DFWHC) recently signed an agreement which will bring one new solution to the critical problem of hospital Nursing shortages. The solution allows HCCA to recruit international Nurses ready to work for hospitals in the Dallas-Fort Worth Area. The contract, possibly the first of its kind in the U.S., is a collaborative strategy between the DFWHC and HCCA International designed to address an expected shortage of 3,300 Nurses in North Texas by 2006. The very first HCCA International Nurse has already come through the program is now working at Medical City Dallas.
Natacha Miller, originally from the Bahamas, arrived for duty in late March. So far, Natacha hasn’t missed a beat – with employee orientation and all the regular “new hire” duties under her belt – she is now getting specific training for the medical/surgical unit in which she will be working. Natacha says the extensive use of technology is one of the most exciting aspects of her new job. “I really like the technology that is available here,” she says. “With the Meditech system, for example, I am able to do charting by computer instead of hand.”
Natacha will continue to have ongoing support from her new team of co-workers, and from HCCA International for the next few weeks. “I’ve been aligned with a hospital preceptor who has been helpful in showing me all the policies and standards,” Natacha said. “Orientation also made everything easier. The people here are friendly, and the hospital has so much to offer.”
HCCA International also helped Natacha with advanced training, testing and preparation. She even had help finding an apartment and getting her utilities turned on.
Natacha arrives at a time when hospitals across the country continue to face a slow-down in Nursing employment growth and an increase in Nursing demand. The current shortage, which began in 1998, is expected to increase in severity with the aging baby boomers, the impending retirement of current RNs in the work-force, a shortage of Nursing school faculty and a decrease in Nursing school enrollments. Hospitals and Nursing leadership throughout the country are looking at a variety of ways to address the ongoing issue and this collaborative is just one element of a multi-faceted program in place by the DFWHC.
“This is a significant first step for the DFW area to expand its total population of Nurses available to work in our hospitals,” says John C. Gavras, president of the DFWHC. “The Nursing shortage is a debilitating issue for the individual hospitals to solve alone. HCCA offers hospitals international Nurses, fully trained and ready to work; and better yet there are no financial obligations or up-front expenditures for the hospital. It is exciting to see the wheels in motion to bring additional Nursing resources to North Texas.” The agreement between HCCA and the DFW Hospital Council goes beyond traditional recruitment strategies. It offers a collaborative solution that benefits the health care delivery system in North Texas. By leading this initiative, the DFW Hospital Council and HCCA International are poised to set a new standard for international Nurse recruitment.
“HCCA International is one piece of the overall solution to meet this Nursing shortage head on,” says John. “Hospitals have to collaborate because we need to increase the total number of Nurses in our area. We have to bring in foreign Nurses, add more Nursing school graduates, and keep the Nurses we already have working in our hospitals.”
The DFWHC selected HCCA International based on HCCA’s lengthy international track record, and its no-risk approach for bringing foreign Nurses to U.S. hospitals. Currently, two hospitals have committed to employ the first Nurses that arrive from the program.
“We look forward to delivering an innovative strategy to North Texas hospitals’ overall recruitment efforts, says Ron Marston, president and chief executive officer, of HCCA International. “Our goal is to create a winning solution for the North Texas community, Nurses, health care providers and most importantly, patients in this area.”
Most of the Nurses coming to the Dallas and Fort Worth are from the Philippines, where the export of foreign Nurses is a large part of that country’s economy. Nurses working abroad routinely send money back home to their families, but want to live and work in the United States.
“HCCA International has professionalized and streamlined the process to the point where they really can deliver,” says Paulette Standefer, executive vice president of the DFWHC, who recently traveled to HCCA International’s Manila office to evaluate the process. “Many other international recruitment companies fall through the cracks. HCCA International can deliver Nurses, and we need Nurses.”
“This is an opportunity for us to augment our current staffing needs,” says Lee Sadler, human resources manager at Medical City. “This doesn’t replace or supercede our other recruitment activities, but supplements what we’re already doing.”
“With international Nurse recruiting, it’s always been a question of getting Nurses ready,” Sadler says. “HCCA’s model is to go out and acquire talent at the point of export, and then take 18 to 24 months to fully prepare a Nurse for assignment. It’s quite an investment on their end.”
Nashville-based HCCA International will oversee every detail of the recruitment and placement process – from identifying and screening potential candidates, to testing, training, immigration, acculturation, relocation, licensing, oversight and management for 30 months after hire into a U.S. hospital. At the end of this period, hospitals may employ the Nurses without an additional fee.
Under the contract, HCCA International will recruit 500 international Nurses for DFW hospitals over a four- to-six-year period. The DFW Hospital Council’s participating members will pay HCCA International upon a Nurse’s assignment into the hospital setting. Equally important for the hospitals until the Nurses arrive in the U.S. and are working. The hospitals still retain the right to terminate the employee for any cause.
For hospitals, it’s just another tool to help combat the Nursing shortage.